Welcome to the first thing in 12 Things SWKLS 2019  This month we’re going to be learning about password managers. As a lot of you know password management can become quite stressful. Password managers are tools you can use to help you store, manage, and create unique passwords.

The activities for this lesson are due February 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm central time and are worth 2 credit hours.  Estimated work time:  1-2 hours.

If you would rather complete an alternate topic, please go to the alternate topic page and pick one from the list.  You are also welcome to choose past topics or topics from the first round of Things.

If you get stuck and need help, please don’t hesitate to ask. Using a password manager can be a little hard to get used to, so please call our office if you need help!

Exercises:  (Due February 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm CDT)

Tools you will need:

  • A computer with a browser.
    • A tablet or other internet enabled device will also work for most of these activities.
  • A valid work email address.  
  • An Internet connection.

Activity 1: (10-15 min)

  1. Read The Best Password Managers for 2019 from
  2. Read The Best Free Password Managers for 2019.

Activity 2: (10-15 min)

  1. Our recommendation is to start by signing up for a free trial of LastPass.
  2. We also recommend keeping your work and personal passwords stored separately in different password manager accounts. You can use the same service, but we recommend using separate accounts. This way your personal information is kept separate and safe in case something should happen to you, you change jobs, you retire, or other events.
  3. Go to and click on How it Works at the top of the page.
  4. Read through how to use it “In the Browser”. Be sure to click on the multiple dots next to the “Explore our LastPass vault.” section.

Activity 3: (15-30 min)

  1. Follow the prompts to sign up for a free personal account. Note: For this exercise we suggest signing up with your work email address.
  2. Add the browser extension for LastPass. You should be prompted to do this right after signing up by clicking on Install LastPass.
    1. If you aren’t, or missed it this video tutorial should help.
    2. I recommend signing out of your vault and the extension when you’re not using it or if you’re sharing a computer.
  3. Use LastPass to generate a password for a new account or generate a new password to change on account. Note: If you want to change a password, make sure you actually go in and change the password for the service.
    1. Video on how to generate a new password.
  4. Add a few passwords to the LastPass Vault.
    1. Video on how to manage and add to the LastPass Vault.

Activity 4: (15-20 min)

  1. Use LastPass for a week to a few weeks and decide if you like it.
  2. If you like it, we suggest upgrading to the Premium Version for $2/month billed annually ($24/year).
  3. All LastPass paid versions can be compared on their pricing page.
    1. With the premium version you will have:
      1. Emergency access
        • Most important feature in case you forget your password or something happens to you.
      2. Sharing options
      3. Enhanced multi-factor authentication
      4. Encrypted file storage
  4. If you’re a larger library, there is also the option of signing up for LastPass Teams.
    1. $4 a user a month
    2. All LastPass paid versions can be compared on their pricing page.
    3. Please call our office and talk to Steve, Bernardo, or Janelle if you need help with this.

Activity 5: (5-10 min)

  1. Post a comment below answering the following:
    1. What you learned.
    2. What you liked and didn’t like about LastPass.
    3. Do you see yourself using LastPass in the future?
    4. Which version did you decide to use?
  2. Reply to at least one other person’s comment below.
  3. Register for 12/2 Thing 1.

6 thoughts on “12/2 Things SWKLS 2019: Thing 1

  • January 15, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    I started a LastPass account for my work related passwords. I realized I don’t have as many passwords as I had originally thought. I added some accounts that are shared and realized I probably won’t be able to change those passwords for better strength because others wouldn’t be aware of change? Maybe I’m missing something?
    I like the ease of adding and changing passwords and love the little icons that come up for autofill on saved websites! So convenient! While looking around my account, it said this is just a free trial and it ends in 4 weeks. I thought this was a free version and wouldn’t have to upgrade to premium? Is this not the case? I doubt the library will pay for this so it probably won’t be used in the future.
    I personally would like to use this for my personal accounts because I am horrible at remembering passwords or having the same for multiple accounts.

    • January 15, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      Hey Jessica,

      To answer your first question about passwords, yes you’re right. You wouldn’t want to change those because the people you share them with wouldn’t be able to get in unless you notified them of the changes.

      To answer your other question about the free trial: When you sign up for a LastPass account it gives you the premium version free for 30 days. Once the trial is over, you will be downgraded to the free version. The free version is still ok to use, we just highly recommend upgrading to the premium paid version if you can. I am glad you asked this question. I will update the directions to make this more clear.

      I use LastPass for personal use and really like it, especially on my phone!


  • January 15, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    One of the things I learned is that last pass is really nice and convenient. There are several work passwords that I have saved on it and it is nice to not have to stop and take the time to enter in the passwords.
    The one thing that I dont like is that it is not compatible with Verso. And sometimes it feels like it is a little unneeded. At work. since i use the same passwords all the time, I am not likely to forget them. However, at home, it is much more useful for the website that you might only use once a month, or so.
    Yes I will. I will probably continue to use it at work since I have it set up already and since it does save time. Arguably, if we did not have our facebook page that is already set up, you could make a whole new facebook acount just for your library page and everyone you just sign into it with lastpass. As it is the only way I have to get to out Facebook page is through my own account.

    • January 16, 2019 at 3:22 pm


      I use it a lot more personally than at work as well. I am still working on the VERSO issue.

      Yes, some of our libraries do set up a separate account just for the library page with a library email address and just log in that way. Some people argue that this is against Facebook’s terms of use, but that’s a whole other discussion. I always suggest that you always have more than one user setup as admins on a page just in case one of the accounts get compromised, you can’t get in for some reason, or a variety of other things happen.

  • January 16, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    With the issue of using accounts for both personal and work – such as social media – is there a problem with having it listed in both LastPass accounts – your work and personal accounts?

    • January 16, 2019 at 3:18 pm


      I am so glad you asked this question! I would only put your Facebook password in your personal LastPass account since if it is your personal Facebook account. You never want to put your personal passwords in to a work managed password manager. In a sense, your work owns the LastPass account when you associate it with your work email address. It’s best to always keep those separate to protect yourself. I know it’s a fine line since you log in to that account to manage the library Facebook page, but it’s still yours and not the library’s so I would only add the personal Facebook account information into your personal LastPass account. When it comes time to log in to that account at work, I suggest manually entering the log in information, not saving it in the browser, and then always logging out when you’re done.

      Some of our libraries do have created separate work accounts for Facebook that are ONLY to manage their library pages and in that case I would put it in your work account. Please if this doesn’t make sense or you have more questions, let me know.


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